Three Alaska skiers earn All-East Region honors in New York

February 28, 2015

Marion Woods Nordic Skiing

Marion Woods

University of Vermont nordic skier Marion Woods of Anchorage finished third in the women’s Skimeister standings after two days of racing at the NCAA East Regional at Lake Placid.

The sophomore finished fifth to earn all-region honors in each of the two disciplines to help defending NCAA runnerup Vermont win the team by an impressive 219-point margin.

Woods, of South High fame, seems to be peaking at just the right time with the NCAA Championships next week. This was the third time this winter she has placed in the top 10 in both races on a single weekend.

In the outsprinted a teammate to get fifth in the women’s 5K skate race, finishing in 16:13.6. She crossed fifth in the 15K classic in 53:51.

Stephanie Kirk Cross Country SkiingVermont’s Stephanie Kirk of Anchorage was also a double all-region recipient.

The junior is also shining bright, with this being her third straight double top-10 weekend performance.

She earned a bronze in the 5K skate race with a third-place finish in 16:09.9. She was tenth in the 15K classical in 54:17.6.

On the men’s side, Anchorage’s Silas Talbot of Dartmouth College continues to have a stellar senior season on skis.

Silas Talbot Nordic Skiing

Silas Talbot

He was the third Alaska skier this weekend to earn all-region recognition in both races with a fourth-place effort in the men’s Skimeister chase.

Talbot, of Service High fame, has finished in the top 10 in nine of 10 races this winter.

He was fifth in the men’s 10K skate race in 28:44.5 and sixth in the 20K classical race in 1:00:21.2.

Last year at the NCAAs, Talbot just missed making All-American by finishing 11th in the 20K freestyle race.